Friday, December 27


Daily News Stuff 27 December 2019

Where Does The Time Go Edition

Tech News

  • China's latest CPUs have caught up with AMD's Excavator.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Current mobile chips are already faster than Excavator.

  • Graphene batteries aren't coming in 2020, and Huawei's P40 Pro won't have one unless it does.  (WCCFTech)

    This is getting confusing, guys.

  • Europe is making life difficult for internet companies with a corporate presence within the EU.  You can however just choose not to have a corporate presence there.

    India is planning to close that loophole.  (Tech Crunch)

    If you have more than five million users and want to operate in India, you have to provide hostages.  And deploy a Class 2 AI to ban speech the Indian government might object to, before they object to it.

    The article discusses Wikipedia because they have hundreds of millions of users and would clearly fall under the planned legislation, but operate on a - relatively - tiny budget.

  • In letter to dinosaurs, YouTube describes the Chicxulub Impactor as "regrettable".  (CoinDesk)

  • Sony may have had to retreat from some markets but their digital sensor division is going gangbusters.  (Bloomberg)

    They make the cameras for a lot of phones, and their factories are running 24x365 and still not keeping up.

  • Set JavaScript on fire and set that damn chart on fire too.  (StateofJS)

  • Statler and Waldorf discuss the latest UX trends.  (

    Yes, the site is actually called, and it delivers.

  • I wonder how fast uWSGI RPC is compared to web requests...

    Update: uWSGI RPC doesn't seem to work.  Not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I don't want to rely on something this fiddly.

    Swapped in ZMQ and not only did it work first time, but I'm getting <500µs for a 100-byte JSON request with a 10K JSON response, and <900µs with a 100K response.  That's with the standard JSON encoder, not the custom one with the fancy date/time support.

    Let's see....  The smart encoder can spit out 10K in 120µs and 100K in 1.3ms.  That depends a lot on the balance of fiddly stuff (dates, decimals) and easy stuff (text) but it's not bad; if someone uses the smart JSON option it's not going to make the system collapse.  Anyway, it's fast enough to flood a gigabit internet uplink with JSON, which is all I ask.

Disclaimer: Personally I reckon it's worth it.

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1 I did a little Googling on those Loongson chips.  The claim that they're at parity with Excavator chips seems kind of suspect:  the 3A4000 is a quad-core 2GHz part using the MIPS64 architecture, that can apparently emulate x86.  Wikipedia says "With added improvements in QEMU from ICT, Loongson-3 achieves an average of 70% the performance of executing native binaries when running x86 binaries from nine benchmarks."
If they are on parity with Excavator, they must either mean the mobile version, or the 2-core ones, or Excavator at 2GHz or something.
The Wiki article is great, though.  "Many operating systems" run on these chips: several varieties of Linux, and 3 BSDs.
Oh, wait, looking at the list of Excavator chips, there was a single desktop quad-core released in 2016, which I think we can ignore based on the 3.5GHz base speed and the date, and a few mobile chips in 2015, the best of which was a 2C4T running at 2.1/3.4

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, December 28 2019 11:10 AM (Iwkd4)

2 "If you have more than five million users and want to operate in India, you have to provide hostages."
I'm sensing a job opportunity for people like Julian Assange, only who aren't already in jail:  rent yourself out as a sacrificial lamb.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, December 28 2019 11:13 AM (Iwkd4)

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